Edwin Lord Weeks Biography | Oil Paintings

3-1849 Boston, Massachusetts USA – 11-17-1903 Paris, FRA

Weeks, Edwin Lord

Edwin Lord Weeks parents were rich spice and tea merchants from Boston and were able to pay for Weeks art classes in painting and his love for traveling. As a young man Weeks visited the Florida Keys and sailed to Suriname in South America. Edwin Lord Weeks earliest known paintings are from 1867 when he was eighteen years old, but not until his oil painting Florida Everglades with Great Blue Heron, dated 1871, that shows Edwin Lord Weeks dexterity in painting. In 1872 Weeks parents sent him to Paris to further his art education under the tutelage of Léon Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme.

After his studies in Paris, Edwin Lord Weeks became one of America's most important artists of Orientalism. All through his life he needed new travel and adventures, and went to South America in 1869, Egypt and Persia in 1870, many times to Morocco between 1872 and 1878, and stayed to paint in India from 1882-83.

Edwin Lord Weeks was a multi-talented person, besides his oil painting, he was an avid photographer, which he also used as a reference for his paintings, an illustrator, and a writer. Illustrated accounts of his many travels around the world appeared in "Harpers" and "Scribners" magazines between 1893 and 1895 and that same year he wrote and illustrated a book on travel, From the Black Sea through Persia and India, and in 1897 he wrote and published Episodes of Mountaineering.

Edwin Lord Weeks won recognition and exhibited his work in every annual Paris Salon, earning a Medal of Honor in 1884, in 1889 he won both a Third Class Medal and a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition. He was a member of the Légion d'Honneur in France, an officer of the Order of St. Michael in Germany, and a member of the Munich Secession.

Art Movement: Orientalism.
Artists Influencing: Léon Bonnat, Jean-Leon Gerome.
He Traveled To Surinam, France, Germany. South America, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, India, Syria.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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